Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Sep 2006 17:58 UTC, submitted by Ben Jao Ming
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The gpl-violations.org project prevails in court litigation against D-Link regarding D-Link's alleged inappropriate and copyright infringing use of parts of the Linux Operating System Kernel. D-Link distributed DSM-G600, a network attached storage device which uses a Linux-based Operating System. However, this distribution was incompliant with the GNU General Public License which covers the Linux Kernel and many other software programs used in the product."
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RE[6]: Seems like great news.
by kwag on Mon 25th Sep 2006 17:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Seems like great news."
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"Actually, no. In nearly every case, the company involved has opted to do exactly what they were supposed to do in the first place, and that is re-publish the modified code under the GPL."

Sure they released the code, which is now useless on their new WRT54G, because the hardware was redesigned to run on Windriver's OS. Wonder why?

"Actually, no. The products go on to the market just as they were released, and the only thing that needs to be done by the violating company is publish the code."

Sure, except that this exact option of releasing IP is a no no by many companies.
If they only had to release the modified GPL code, then that wouldn't be any problem, and I can understand that perfectly and I also see it as the correct approach.
I modify a public piece of code, I give back the modifications EXCEPT my own additions, unless I want to contribute MY work. That's why the LGPL and BSDs are more corporate friendly than GPL.

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